Our Athletes

Max Lima

Black Belt

Max Lima is a seasoned competitor on the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuits having competed regularly at Gi and Nogi tournaments worldwide. 34 years old and full time instructor at the RGA Gymbox Academy, Farringdon, Max teaches a class that consists of over 100 members.

Max has been pivotal in providing the quality feedback we need to ensure that Grab and Pull continue to provide a quality range of products and nobody understands the requirement of ruggedness more than Max having competed not only Gi and Nogi but also in octagon MMA fights

“For me, it is important that my sports clothing represents my personal statement and I’m proud to be a sponsor of Grab and Pull as I know how hard they worked to achieve the current range of fightwear”

Competition Background

2016 World Masters
2015 Brighton Open
2014 London Open

Qualifications

Black Belt BJJ Instructor

Rogerio Lima

Brazilian in London, UK

How old are you?
33

Tell us a bit about your BJJ history.
I spend 10 years of my life training capoeira, since I was a kid in Brazil  , and the transition to BJJ was smoth and having the capoeira background allowed me to develop in BJJ much faster , I have started training BJJ with Cesar Lima and Max Lima around 7 years ago.

Why did you stick with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Mostly I decided to change martial arts because I needed a new challenge , and having tried BJJ I fell in love with sport straight away , and the people I train with became a huge part of my life ,like a family away from Brazil.

And you chose to be associated with Grab and Pull because….?
Grab and pull is such a great brand due to the quality of GI’s and clothing that it provides and the fitting of the their stuff suit me much more then other brands , also I have a lot of respect to the ower of the brand.

One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport:
If it is important you make it happens, if it does not you make excuses

One interesting fact that no one would know about you:
I am a very good forro dancer which is a Brazilian type of dance.

Competition Background

European Jiu Jitsu gold medal 2016
European Jiu Jitsu bronze medal 2015
European Jiu
Jitsu Champion in January 2014.
and others;
Bronze medals European NO-GI 2014
Gold medal Rome Open 2014
Gold medal British Open NO-GI 2014
Gold medal London Opens 2013
Gold medal London Open NO-GI 2013
Gold medal British Open 2013
Gold medal English Open 2012
Bronze medal British Open 2012
Bronze medal English open 2011
Gold medal Brighton Open 2012
Gold medal British Open 2011
Gold medal Brighton Open 2011
Gold medal British Open 2010

Qualifications

BJJ black belt under RGA.
Premier PT level 3
IHP MMA strentgh and conditioning coach
UKSCA.
BGWL weight lifting coach.

Steven Fage

How old are you?
47

Tell us a bit about your BJJ history.
I started training traditional Japanese Ju Jitsu in 2007 when my son started learning it at school.
I realised that I loved the groundwork the most, so moved on to BJJ after a couple of years.

Why did you stick with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
I love the depth of technique in Ju Jitsu and the chess-like interplay of strategies.

And you chose to be associated with Grab and Pull because….?
I love being part of the Grab and Pull team.

One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport:
Get up early, go and grab what you want in life.

One interesting fact that no one would know about you:
I get up at 4am every weekday to train BJJ before work.

Competition Background

At brown:
World NoGi, 2016- gold
World Masters, 2015- gold
Europeans 2015 gold
British open 2015 gold
At purple:
UK open 2014 gold
World Masters 2013 Silver
Europeans 2013 gold
British 2013 gold

Igor Terreco

Brazilian in London, UK

How old are you?
20

Tell us a bit about your BJJ history.
I started Jiu Jitsu when I was 14 years old as a form of fitness and self defence . I’ve never done any other form of matial arts before so everything was new to me . I was first introduced to it surprisingly here in the UK even though i lived in Brazil . My first coach was Whilian Santos a now Cesar Lima brown belt at Vie academy .He would sneak me into the gym on Saturdays to train with him and now one of my professors Max Lima as no kids were allowed to train at the gym . I never missed any of the classes and when the instructors saw that I was serious about training they took responsibility for me even tho the gym wouldn’t let me train there .

Why did you stick with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
To be honest it was probably the atmosphere it was a fun place to be , everyone was friendly they took me out of my shell and showed me how to break someone’s arm

And you chose to be associated with Grab and Pull because….?
I’ve seen Grab and Pull growing and evolving through the years and it’s something that I can relate to while wearing the gi .

One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport:
Work hard , laugh well , eat fine and dance often

One interesting fact that no one would know about you:
I used to be blond.

Competition Background

Grapplers showdown 2011 2xGold
British open 2011 Gold
British open 2012 Bronze
London Bjj pro cup 2013 Gold
Abu dabhi trials 2013 Gold
British nationals 2013 Bronze
Keeps open 2014 Gold
Surrey open 2014 Gold
Newquay open gi / nogi 2014
7x gold
Feather gold
Light gold
Absolute gold
No gi
Feather gold
Light gold
Absolute gold
Superfight winner gold
Toukon fight invitation 2014 winner
Tuff invitational 2014 winner
Brighton open 2012 , 2013, 2014
Gold, gold, 2xgold
Naga pro devision 2014 Silver
British open 2016 Gold
British nationals 2016 gold
London fall no gi Silver
Kent open 2016 Gold and bronze

Qualifications

Cesar Lima Brown Belt
Certified Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor
First aid work certificate

Freddie Sykes

 Englishman in London, UK

How old are you?
35

Tell us a bit about your BJJ history.
Daren “Faisca ” Bartlet a Mauricio Gomes blackbelt and filmmaker of Tradicao , the rise of a Gracie fighter trained weights with me at a studio in Hoxton and kept on pushing me to train BJJ. I’d fought in Karate and boxed a little so I was no stranger to martial arts but I didn’t like the look of it and it took me 6 months to finally try it I bought a Gi and trained the very next day and nearly everyday since .

Why did you stick with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu jitsu is the most modern progressive martial art there is. When was the last time a new Karate move was invented? By a monk 300 years ago? As I’m writing this someone is developing a position in BJJ

And you chose to be associated with Grab and Pull because….?
Cesar, the owner and head instructor at RGA Gymbox is a cool guy and when I Joined from Gracie Barra he and the other instructors changed my game completely! The brand is a representation of the hard working guy he is. Its quality tested and I’m happy to be involved from the start

One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport:
Don’t let anyone or anything steal your sparkle . Leave it all behind when you step on the Mat

One interesting fact that no one would know about you:
Redacted (lol)

Competition Background

Ibjjf British Nationals gold 2015
bjjf British Nationals Gold
2016 and bronze in absolute
British open 2016 Gold
Ibjjf Gothenburg open 2015 silver
bjjf Gothenburg open 2015
Bronze open weight
Ibjjf London open 2015 gold
3x NAGA belt winner
Dorset n Hants open 2015 silver in division and bronze absolute
Brighton open 2016 gold in division . Silver in absolute

Angela Sesena

Spaniard in London, UK

How old are you?
31

Tell us a bit about your BJJ history.
The first contact i had with bjj was on July 2013 during a weekend back home in Madrid. My passion then was pole dancing and one of my pole friends invited me to try her grappling class. Trying to learn some guillotines was so much fun I couldn’t do anything but find a jiu Jitsu school when I got back to London. I started training at RGA Cesar Lima straight away and I’ve been training regularly since that.

Why did you stick with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
I like everything about it. Training at much fun. And preparing for competition/ competing is the most exciting thing I’ve done in my life. Very hard physically and mentally, but that makes it very rewarding.

And you chose to be associated with Grab and Pull because….?
I have long legs and it can be very difficult to find gis that fit me right. G+P is just perfect for me and I love the design.

One sentence that sums up your approach to life and sport:
Quoting Steve Jobs “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet keep looking, don’t settle” His speech to Stanford university made a huge impact on me.

One interesting fact that no one would know about you:
When I was younger I wanted to be a writer. I loved to write about politics and society and I had a wordpress where I posted for a few years

Competition Background

White belt
Naga 2015, bronze
British open 2015, bronze
Blue belt
British open 2016, bronze
Kent open 2016, bronze
British National 2016, silver

Qualifications

Personal trainer
Kettlebell instructor
Pole dance instructor

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